River Exe Cafe

4.7
1089 reviews
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£41 and over
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European
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

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About

River Exe Cafe provides a totally unique experience offering high quality dining with a difference. We are a custom built floating restaurant surrounded by water; serving great tasting, locally sourced food and drink. Our aim is to create a venue that maximises the incredible river views that the Exe Estuary offers. Guests are encouraged to sit back and enjoy all that Devon offers in creating a modern British Menu; Great Food, Great Wine and Great Times.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
07761 116103
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Dayer
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
When you visit us at River Exe Cafe you will catch the Puffin Water Taxi. The Water Taxi departs from Exmouth Marina; the Visitors Pontoon outside The Point Bar, EX8 1XA. The Water Taxi is £5 per person payable to the Boatman. There is limited on-road parking around the Marina itself. There is a Car Park at the Marina (EX8 1DU). If this is full the other option is a Car Park at the end of Camperdown Terrace, EX8 1EJ. This is a 5-minute walk to the Water Taxi departing point.
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Public Transit
There is a regular bus service into Exmouth Town Centre. There is also a Land Train and Train Links into and out of Exmouth Station. The Train Station and Town Centre are approximately a 15-minute walk to the Visitors Pontoon. If you are travelling from Starcross, you can catch the Starcross Ferry to Exmouth Marina and join the Water Taxi there.
Additional
Full Bar, Outdoor dining, View
What 1089 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous experience from start to finish! The food was wonderful and the location and service excellent.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As if the water taxi ride to the restaurant and it’s location (particularly at Sunset), was not enough the food was brilliant as were the enthusiastic and helpful staff/team... great evening. Thanks.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was great all round, thanks.

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the boxes ticked - beautiful day, lovely little boat trip, great interesting menu and waitress who listened and provided a good service. We will come back with family 😀

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i
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's a great experience water taxi to the restaurant and a chance to read the menu on the trip. Warm welcome awaits you on the taxi and at the restaurant. Staff are very friendly and helpful food is very good. Good portions and tasty. Food well priced as are the drinks.
Fantastic venue for a celebration or to just get away from the norm.

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VB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely dining experience that truly shows off the beauty of the River Exe! Excellent water taxi arrangement, very good food, service and atmosphere. Great for special occasions!

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am a regular and book any chance I can.
Beautiful experience and amazing food.

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GS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The experience of getting the puffin taxi to the floating restaurant is certainly good fun. And the whole experience is probably worth it. And we'd recommend to friends who value an experience but we wouldn't recommend to friends who think in terms of price.

The food is expensive for what it is. The chowder starter was a disappointment - too thin and too little fish/shellfish. For main, we had the roasted fisherman's platter and for £65 it really is on the limit of what is reasonable value in our opinion. On dry land, I think the same food would be poor value.

In total we spent £135 for two of us - that included only one glass of wine, £10 for the boat and a £10 deposit on booking a table. We thought the deposit would be knocked off the bill: it wasn't.

We are pleased we did it, but we wouldn't go again.

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IT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Shame about the weather

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RB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An experience not to be missed. Excellent food and service in delightful setting. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for

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MB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and beautiful views, even on a drizzly day! Very attentive friendly staff. Wonderful evening

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DT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Unique location, worthwhile experience would recommend to anyone

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NT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From catching the ferry, to being shown my table, the freshness and quality of the seafood, it was quite a pleasurable eating experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Caribbean seafood platter, explosion of flavour on the tastebuds.
Absolutely perfect in every way.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!! Service was great! We will be back!! The boat ride was also lovely and my little boy eve got to steer the boat!!

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PL
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second visit and I did not think the food was as good as the last time, the samphire was woody and the majority of the clams in the paella were closed, the staff were very helpful even though it was busy

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R
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a fabulous restaurant and I can highly recommend it to anyone who has got something to celebrate. The food is excellent, service is quick, staff are friendly and helpful. The location is magical, with the sun shining on the water and views in every direction. Most enjoyable meal I have had in many years!

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I would recommend because it is a good experience, but the food is average at best, unfortunately. I had the burger and it was like a standard supermarket burger. The fish and chips my friend ordered was poor and expensive for the amounts he got. Personally, I dont think we will go again unless we hear the food has improved. Shame :(

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D
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly staff and overall a great experience. Left waiting a bit too long after main course as staff seemed to switch off (it was the last sitting) which meant not time for chosen dessert as needed too long to cook and boat was due to take us back, but would definitely recommend and probably revisit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We couldn’t get a table last year but it was definitely worth the wait! Food was delicious and staff very attentive. Would definitely recommend it! The water taxi was also a great service.

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L
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really good experience right from the start when the boat came to pick us up at the pier.The captain was very friendly and knowledgeable and the passengers all interacted with each other.The transfer and welcome at the cafe was excellent as was the service all night.The food and choice again was excellent and we will certainly recommend to friends as well as visiting again ourselves.

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M
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great trip out on the river and the food is excellent. Warmly welcomed on arrival via the water taxi from Exmouth Quayside you are quickly seated and ordering drinks. Service is brisk - you only get 2 hours - and then you are taken back to shore! Really enjoyable adventure and would recommend it for a special occasion.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The river exe cafe is a lovely experience from the moment you arrive at the water taxi. Our skipper Sam was friendly and chatty, we arrived-at the cafe and choose from a large menu. All food was delicious and we had two children in our party who loved the whole experience. Friendly staff and efficient. We will be back! Thankyou to all at the river exe cafe!

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RP
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great experience. Food, service and atmosphere were everything I expected. Water taxi was fun and great value. Would definitely recommend.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic place, food was fresh, hot and to die for, service was excellent, will definatley return

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Despite a cold, wet day the welcome was warm, we were greeted with the heater blasting out warm air! The service was excellent and personable and the food was delicious! We would certainly return and would recommend it to a friend.

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CC
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Would definitely recommend a visit. I am vegetarian so didn’t have choice of full menu. However what I did eat was lovely and staff were very good. Weather was bad for our visit but can imagine in the sunshine it would be fantastic.

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SS
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The River exe cafe experience is very special. Being taken there by boat and being in the middle of the estuary. Staff were very welcoming, friendly as well as very efficient and courteous. The food was very well presented and delicious. The menu has a good vegetarian selection and different sea food choices. We had a goid evening but consensus was that it is very expensive.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent fun experience from start to finish. Happy staff and great food. Well done everyone

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AP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You are just an amazing team. Absolutely delicious food served by friendly & professional staff in an unique & amazing setting. This was a surprise for my partner, Bob & he was more than delighted. Everything about our time with you from the water taxi, food & wine, sitting on the pontoon (& bonus of seeing the biggest jellyfish I have ever seen!) & the return journey to Exmouth was just superb. Thank you so much for making that day very special. Kind regards to you all & see you again soon, Alison x

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BL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent lunch out taking my 84 year old mother and stepfather. We all had different dishes and each was enjoyed as much as the other. You can’t beat fresh fish of which most was local.

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FS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A fun evening , unfortunately the English Summer was against us and it was a cold damp evening .
Despite dressing accordingly and welcome blankets being provided on the water taxi and in the restaurant we were chilly. However Staff and food were both excellent , and would certainly recommend , just a shame we didn’t have the benefit of a sunny summer evening .

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely venue, lovely food, lovely staff.I know the weather isn't what you expect in June, but on our last visit it was a coat job whilst eating, it was cold.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to share good food with friends. Always feels like a celebration.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic dinner experience with a river taxi to the floating restaurant and a wonderful evening. Food was great,and service was also very good. When the bill arrived it was also quite reasonable for such a great outdoor experience

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W
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though it poured with rain, we had an excellent water taxi journey and a great meal making a great afternoon all round. We will be back.

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Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, great food in a wonderful setting. Excellent service, all very well organised from water taxi to restaurant. Love the place.

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NP
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This is the second time that we have been for an anniversary and we love it. A special place with great ambience. The weather was kind to us and we had a lovely sunset which helps!
The food was delicious although my husband had the thai curry and was disappointed by the lack of fish in his curry. I had the Hake which was delicious and plenty for me.
A lovely evening and we will be back. Thank you

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HB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic evening. Great food, ambience and location second to none! Our friends thought it was an amazing experience

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely experience. Staff were great, very friendly and attentive. Would definitely come again.

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